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Location: Orange County, CA
Vehicle: 2008 SLK 55
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I don't know about others here, but on my vehicle those screws are really tight. They require a good deal of effort to remove and re-seat.
On mine the screws are tight but not hard to unscrew. The torx screw heads are fine, i.e., not stripped. I do use a ratchet type screwdriver which requires less force on the operator's part. I do not use powered screwdrivers as the torque is sometimes too strong.
I mainly unscrew to the point where the screw seems loose and free moving. One can then simply pull the screw head and it should move up freely by about 2 cm or 0.5 inch. I loosen/tighten the screws in a diagonal pattern (much like changing the lugs on a tire, i.e., alternate lugs).
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